Indeed. When I was in college, my professors were railroading me into staying in the English Literature Department and become a professor like them. You know, do the butt kissing and kowtowing to get a chance at tenior and climb up the academic ladder. I was not interested in it... so they sabotaged my thesis. Anyways, I was already headed for Linguistics and translation, as those options were opening up more variety of jobs - interpretation being a hot item at the time. Again, a big wall set up by the fact that to get licensed, you needed a "sponsor", same in diplomacy, you had to have a "godfather". Lots of jobs were available at the time in the, ehem, service sector, mainly the offshore casinos by phone and other scams, sorry, foreign enterprises. Hence, I landed in teaching, at a time most of my classmates were moving to the US to teach in inner cities or deep South. Eventually, I found a place in the airline business and the rest is history.